PH and the national French cinema agencies sign a new cooperation agreement

On May 18, the Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) and France’s Center National du Cinéma et de l’Image Animée or National Center for Cinematography (CNC) renewed their cooperation agreement, marking 75 years of diplomatic relations. .

CNC COO Olivier Henrard (right) signs the cooperation agreement with Liza Dino of the FDCP

The signing of the agreement took place at the Philippines-Singapore Pavilion during the 75th Cannes Film Festival and Marché du Film.

The two national film agencies are committed to continuing their mutual participation in the creation of stronger film policies, the exchange of education and training development and other aspects of film from co-production , exhibition efforts and best practices in heritage preservation.

Both parties were represented by their leaders, Olivier Henrard, COO of the CNC representing Dominique Boutonnat, President of the CNC, and Mary Liza Diño, President and CEO of the FDCP. Representatives of the FDCP and the CNC, invited international filmmakers and actors, as well as several film professionals attended this memorable signing.

In a short message during the signing event, Diño mentioned, “With all these aspirations to understand the structure, the system, how we can improve and how we can elevate the industry to become more competitive at scale. world, the update of the agreement, this will include cooperation in facilitating and strengthening our archival partnerships, will be really decisive for us as we support more projects.

“Thank you very much to the CNC team for seeing the value of this partnership. I hope that in return, the warmth and welcoming arms of the Philippines can also lead you to our country so that we can discover more collaborations together,” added Diño.

“I am sure that this Signing of the CNC-FDCP convention will be one of the highlights of the festival. We are full of optimism; we are full of energy to start a new movement in the industry in Europe and with our partnerships with the Philippines,” Henrard said during his thanksgiving speech.

Signed for the first time in 2014 by the former heads of their respective agencies, the cooperation agreement between the CNC and the FDCP has led the two agencies to support each other in sharing cultural promotion and to reach important milestones together. in the industry thanks to the help of the French Embassy in the Philippines in the last eight years.

The renewal of the agreement was identified as a priority during the 9th online meeting of the Joint Philippines-France Economic Commission (JEC) on July 2, 2021 and was further discussed last July during the Cannes Film Festival in 2021 .

Both countries have achieved a number of milestones and achievements through this agreement. On the Philippine side, the FDCP has been able to make significant breakthroughs in industry strategies in the areas of film policies and archiving, including exposure to CNC Film Archive methods and systems in 2017, which has inspired the expansion of the Philippine Film Archive. That same year, the Philippines sent its first delegation to the International Animation Film Market (MIFA) at the Annecy International Animation Film Festival, which led to the country’s largest attendance to date, with 53 delegates in 2021.

In 2018, the CNC sent producer and former COO of Film France Franck Priot to the FDCP’s International Film Conference to moderate a policy forum on government support for film production to introduce Filipino actors to the French levy fund. , which provides stand-alone film and audiovisual funding. through admission tickets and tax revenues from the television industry.

In 2019, Animation du Monde in Manila by the Annecy International Animation Film Festival was brought to the Philippines to help Filipino and Southeast Asian animators not only equip themselves with the right tools and knowledge , but also to be offered opportunities for financing and co-producing animated film projects. FDCP has also partnered with Tatino Films, a company based in France, for the production of the Filipino version of their international film lab, Full Circle Lab. It aimed to be a global project and talent lab for Southeast Asian filmmakers and to help establish the Philippines as a creative hub in the region. Full Circle Lab Philippines successfully held its 4th edition in March 2022 in Cebu, Philippines.

To support French cinema, the FDCP has partnered with the French Embassy for the annual French Film Festival in the country as a way to promote contemporary forms of French and Filipino cinema.

The FDCP has also been supporting the annual Cannes Film Festival and Marché du Film since 2017 by systematically presenting a delegation to participate in the market and has been able to provide travel grants and assistance to Filipino films selected in Cannes. The FDCP also participated each year in the Annecy International Animation Film Festival (MIFA) and supported Filipino animation filmmakers to present their projects and films in the festival and its market.

Via UniFrance, the institution responsible for promoting French cinema around the world, the FDCP has also acquired the broadcasting rights for the winner of the Cannes Film Festival 2019, Portrait of a Woman on Fire and Petit Maman by Céline Sciamma.

The number of projects co-produced by France and the Philippines has also increased over the past two years. These include When The Waves Are Gone by Lav Diaz, Bionic Max by Thomas Digard, Zsa Zsa Zaturnnah vs The Amazonistas by Avid Liongoren, If The Weather is Fine by Carlo Manatad and Electric Child by Simon Jaquemet, all of which received funding for FDCP incentive programs. .

Furthermore, the new cooperation agreement will pave the way for the conclusion of a co-production treaty between France and the Philippines. These expected advancements will lead to more meaningful collaborations and opportunities for the respective local filmmakers.

The signing of the CNC-FDCP cooperation agreement is one of the highlights of Philippine participation in this year’s Cannes Film Festival and Marché du Film. Apart from that, an impressive array of Filipino films, talents, and production companies are poised to bring Filipino cinema to the world cinema stage.